Monthly Archives: October 2011

SKAG2: Almost complete log

Hi all!

Ok, I’m now finished with the complete(?) log from my second mini-pedition to Cape Skagen. This is a “short version” where most of the comments has been removed to save a little space. Regarding most of the Asian stations logged: I’m not yet finished with the checkouts of my recordings, and in addition there might be a couple of more stations not mentioned, since there was multiple stations heard on quite a few of the frequencies.

You can check the SKAG2 log here.

Audio files to be uploaded later next week.

73,

Hans

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SKAG2: The Vorsteh, God’s third mistake…

Got home from my second mini-pedtition an hour ago, and I wish I had more energy. If that would have been the case, I had stayed for one more night and morning, but I’m just too tired. Seems I’m getting too old for this? Anyway, I’ve been awake for almost 40 hours now, and I’m seriously tired. I’m just going to finish this post and then hit the sack for a few hours.

There was quite a few interesting stations from Asia present during the late afternoon and evening. I’ll get back to these when I have checked my recordings. Audible signals from North America was noted at 02:20 UTC and I logged about 35 stations during the night and morning. I could have logged a lot more if I had used my SDR-IQ in IF-recording mode, of course, but I’m still very satisfied with the result. Like I previously said, if I had the energy I would stayed for another night.

Highlights of the morning was KCJB Minot ND-910, KLTC Dickinson ND-1460 and KKAA Aberdeen SD-1560. I guess there’s more to discover in the recordings, since there were multiple stations recorded on a couple of frequencys.

The second mini-pedition to Cape Scagen was suddenly terminated by a unleashed Vorsteh. The dog runned thru all the three BOG’s of mine, making “spaghetti” of them, before it turned back and jumped the hood of my car and runned over the car via the windscreen. No owner of the dog was in sight. The time was 09:35 UTC and there was still NA-stations present on the band. Well, I was planning to head back home at 10:00 UTC, so this wasn’t a big catastrophy after all. Now I have an interesting job to separate the antenna wires from eachother, but I’m glad that I didn’t have to separate the Vorsteh from them.

Frank Zappa once said that God’s first mistake was to create Human. His second mistake was the Poodle. I like to fill in, and state that God’s third mistake must be the Vorsteh. With or without owner…

I’m returning with the complete log when everything is sorted out and all recordings are checked. Now: Bed.

73,

Hans

Another try on Cape Skagen

Conditions is predicted to be quiet to unsettled, but I’m taking the chanse to do anther little mini-pedition to Cape Skagen on Vardøya. Weather is currently very nice, and I’m driving up there just after lunchtime today with the goal to have all three BOG’s (200m in 330 deg., 200m in 0 deg., 200m 50 deg.) laid out before it gets dark. Hope to get one or two new ones in the log. Back on sunday!

73,

Hans

KRKO Everett, WA-1380

Today I experienced a new personal “QSL-record” on a reception report that I’ve sent. Andrew Skotdal on KRKO only needed 12 minutes to reply with a confirmation of my reception report sent by e-mail, and I was also promised to receive a QSL-card via snailmail. This is my first BC-QSL in many years and the fastest reply that I’ve ever experienced.

Here’s two audio clips of my reception of KRKO Everett, WA-1380:

Clip 1, with a commercial for the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Clip 2, with KRKO’s slogan “Fox Sports 13-80”.

Not much listening tonight, by the way. I went down to the local Pub Nordpol (The North Pole) and had a pizza instead. I just came back, and while walking home I observed a beautyful Aurora Borealis over Vardø. Not good for radio, but real “eye candy”. I took a few pictures but I don’t think they are any good, as I held my camera by hand and not mounted on a tripod.

Time for bed!

Hans

KGO San Francisco, CA-810 gives a lecture in QRM troubleshooting

Time for bed, but before I hit the sack, I would like to share
the following link with you:

To KGO article about noise and static troubleshooting

Anyone knowing a working e-mail adress to KGO, by the way?

Good night!

Hans

Class G2 geomagnetic storm…

The mediumwave band is in pretty bad shape after the class G2 geomagnetic storm that has occured during the last 24 hours. A- and K-indexes are slowly moving down. K-index is currently on a nice 2, but the A-index is still on a high 16. This means that it’s an excellent evening for sorting out the recordings from last weekend and writing some reception reports. When the reception reports are written and sent, I will upload a bunch of audio files for your amusement. Have patience!

Update: and during the late evening, the A-index raised to an even more horrible 28! Ouch…

I’m still waiting for a reply from UNTV in Quezon City regarding the reception of their programme on 1350 KHz. Thanks to helpful information from co-DX:ers in the NorDX Yahoo group, I’m now quite sure that what I heard was an overnight relay of the UNTV programme via DZXQ-1350 Pasig City, Metro Manila.

73,

Hans

UATV(?)-1350 KHz… HELP!!

Anyone who can help me with this one? On saturday afternoon I found a station on 1350 KHz, identifying itself as “UATV, Your Public Service Channel”. I have checked UATV on Google, and find UATV-University of Alaska TV, which is a university pubilc service station. What I don’t find is any information about which station(s) who are carrying UATV on Mediumwave. Not in the NRC AM-Log, not in WRTH and not on Google.

Anyone having ANY information about this “spooky” station?

I’ve uploaded an audio file, which you will find HERE.

Update: It’s likely that the station is UNTV, which is a public service station in Quezon City, Philippines. The question remains, however, what station was retransmitting UNTV on mediumwave? I’ve got some indications suggesting it may be DZXQ, Metro Manila.

73!

Hans

SKAG1: Hailstorm and ditto proton… but :)

Home again from the first Mini-Pedition to Cape Skagen, the northern end of Vardøya Island. Let me say that it was a mixed bag, condition wise. It started very well, but ended way down in the basement, due to a greater than 10 MeV proton event yesterday afternoon. Anyway, in general the little pedition was a success! A wonderful QTH, and like I said – it started very nice!

I started quite early yesterday morning, as I had planned to be ready for listening at 10:00 UTC. As it turned out, however, I was finished with all the antenna works and all the preparations already before 09:00 UTC since I’ve been working incredible fast due to a sudden hailstorm! I immedeately turned on my ICF-2010 and found the MW-band more or less crowded with North American stations – at least it sounded like that in my ears. Well, there was signals on every 10 KHz channel that I checked, and the best of all: barely no Europeans at all – except for the semi-local russian stations on 657 and 1034. Georgeous, georgeous, georgeous! As it’s said in the norwegian commercial for house-paint. Between 09:00-13:00 UTC I logged a bunch of US and Canadian west coast, praire and “rocky” stations as well as a few Alaskan and one from Hawaii. I didn’t log anything fancy, but it was probably the funniest four hours I’ve had since I started DX:ing in 1980. Remember that this is my first season this far north.

At 13:00 UTC the trans-polar mediumwave signals had faded out completely. I didn’t know the reason why at that time. While waiting for a possible opening into the Far East, I switched to the 90 meter-band and found nice signals from a couple of Papua New Guinea stations accompanied by RRI Palangkaraya. Switching back to MW didn’t result in anything from the Far East at all, except for the usual bunch of chinese stations which are to be found everywhere on the band these days, together with the likewise usual bunch of iranian stations. Later on, however, I found a couple of interesting stations from south-east Asia, which caught my attention for a while. Before that, I’d had another QSY, this time to the 120 meter-band, where I found all three Aussie stations with rather poor signals. The rest of the evening and early night I spent half awake, half sleeping, waiting for the sunrise and the morning peak into North America. It never came. Instead the band was populated with a bunch of Argentinian and Brazilian stations – all with very unstable signals. I managed to get a few in the log, but signals were generally very poor and it was very demotivating to face the fact that the nice conditions from the day before were gone. At 07:30 UTC I decided to gather my stuff and head for the warm and cozy bed of mine.

Ok, so what are the lessons learned from this first Mini-Pedition? Well, the first and most important: Next time, I will be ready for listening even earlier than this time. If I hadn’t been so morning-tired, I could have started to listen one or maybe even two hours earlier. Second: Next time I will bring yet another 200m BOG, which will be directed right in between the 330 degrees and the 50 degrees. Third: The ICF-2010 (modified) is an amazing piece of radio! I had almost forgotten how good it is and how good it sounds. When it comes to portables, I bet there is still nothing in this world that beats this trusty old radio. Ok, when they have comed up with a nifty way to power up a laptop and SDR for more than 3-4 hours during portable use, it will of course be a better solution – but right now the ICF-2010 stays untouched! Call me an old fart, but I like my analog radios better than my SDR-IQ. That’s just the way it is, and in the future I will bring a motor-cykle battery and my AOR-7030+.

If conditions improves until next weekend, and If the weather conditions still permits outdoor activities that are not hazardous or even leathal, I will have another try on Cape Skagen. It’s truly an amazing location in a dramatic landscape.

The log is found HERE!

Later this week I will start to upload some audio-files as well.

73!

Hans

Goin’ out in Mother Nature!

Not much listening yesterday evening and last night. Instead I prepared for a little 24h “mini-pedition” to the Skagen Peninsula, which is the northern part of Vardøya Island. Skagen is easily accessed by car, and the weather this morning is indeed very nice. Very little wind and even parts of blue sky. I will use my ICF-2001D (ICF-2010) and two BOG’s, 200m in 330 degrees and 200m in 50 degrees. Both fed via 9:1 baluns into a coax switch and a step attenuator. It will be interesting to listen in an environment which is free from man-made noise. Nearest building structure populated by Homo Sapiens is almost 900 meters away. Hope that the rather low A- and K–indexes remains. I’m getting back tomorrow afternoon with the results of this little visit in Mother Nature.

73,s!

Hans

HDLA’s received!

Yes! My HDLA loop amplifiers / matching units and bias-tee:s for supplying the amplifiers with +12V via the coax has finally arrived! I have attached the HDLA:s on my loops tonight, in complete darkness by the way, and the arrangement seems to work fine! Conditions into Asia seems fine also tonight, and I hope that it finally will open up also to North America tonight / tomorrow morning.

Anyhow, the amplifiers seems to have a very nice gain, and the antennas seems to be very quiet, QRM-wise, which is a huge difference from the mismatched arrangement I was using until this evening. The specs for the HDLA is said to be equal or better to the Wellbrook ALA-100, but I have no possibility to do a side-by-side test between the HDLA and ALA-100. However, for the same cost as for one ALA-100, I got two HDLA’s, so I’m happy with that – sofar!

I will have a “listen around” this evening and I get back later on with some more about my “new” antenna arrangement.

73!

Hans